Green M&M’s and a ton of industry events

April 21, 2010 at 8:28 am 3 comments

by Mike

“As to the Green Room, I would ask that the temperature be set to 69.5 degree.   I would like the room to have a floral decoration that features the White Lilly, and I would ask that a recording of Bach’s First as performed by the Austrian Symphony being playing softly in the background.    I would like a case of Fiji water (I will drink 1 bottle to prep my vocal chords, and would like the rest shipped to the local homeless shelter as a donation in my name), and would ask for a plate of hot Mrs. Fields’ Oatmeal/Raisin cookies, and a large bowl of Green Peanut M&M’s be made available as well (I find any other color distracting so please ensure Green only).    And please advise the staff not to make direct eye contact with me at any time unless I ask them to do so.”

— Email from Tony D. to the conference organizers at PhoCusWright 11.21.2009

Perhaps that sounds like a Mariah Carey contract negotiation as she’s getting booked to perform in front of thousands of adoring fans. Nope, that’s just an excerpt of an email from our own diva, TD, when he’s asked to speak on a panel. It’s all a joke of, course, except those green M&Ms. He’s really into those.

In all seriousness though, from the upcoming Wisconsin BTA meeting to the London Business Travel Market, we love to speak at these events. In fact, at next month’s ACTE Global Education Conference, TD will be engaging in some Pecha Kucha – a definite must see. No, the old man hasn’t taken up a new form of martial arts, it’s a presentation format during which he’ll cover the need for a mobile strategy in 6 minutes and 40 seconds, or more specifically, 20 slides at 20 seconds per slide. His jokes usually have that long a setup, so this will surely be a feat in itself.

If you’re attending next month’s OpenTravel 2010 Advisory Forum, I suggest you check out the panel with Dan Pritchett, our Chief Platform Architect. He’ll be joining a session about how advancements in semantic search will change the face of online travel forever. It’s a special occasion when we let the brains behind the operation out to see the light of day, so if you are in Seattle, don’t miss this one.

The best part of presenting at these various events is that it affords us the opportunity to interact with folks from all aspects of the travel industry. We learn a ton from these fortuitous, impromptu meetings. With that in mind, check out our events calendar and let us know if we’ll be crossing your path. We’d love to meet in person – we’ll supply the M&Ms.

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  • 1. robertkcole  |  April 21, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Very excited to have Dan on the Open Travel Advisory forum panel. As I am moderating the session, I am particularly interested in hearing his insights.

    Additionally, given Facebook’s RDFa-based Open Graph implementation that was announced today, it looks like the Semantic web just took a very large step forward.

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  • 2. Bert Lamm  |  April 27, 2010 at 10:49 am

    That is very good then. And thank you.

    Reply
  • […] If Tony is our Lady Gaga, you can consider me Justin Bieber. I’m much younger, and I don’t yet have the same level of demand that TD does to be on the speaking circuit. Plus, I’m not a prima donna that requests green M&Ms and other luxuries. […]

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